I recently wrote a column that argued that President Donald Trump would be wise to accept the offer (and reported parameters) for a sit down with Special Counsel Bob Mueller. In addition, I argued for another obvious and long overdue action: severing any and all ties with his personal counsel Michael Cohen. Cohen’s reckless and ham-handed lawyering has seriously undermined Trump’s position and he could very well find his bar license in jeopardy due to his prior actions. Despite Cohen’s radioactive reputation and worsening legal position, Trump decided that the night before the 60 Minutes interview with Stormy Daniels was a good time to have dinner with Cohen at Mar-O-Lago. It was a baffling decision when any competent lawyer would be insulating Trump from Cohen.
I previously discussed how Cohen’s style seems to resonate with Trump, who was influenced by the infamous lawyer, Ron Cohn.
Trump has a number of talented lawyers in Washington. Yet, he continues to tie himself to a lawyer who has been widely condemned for his tactics and lack of judgment. My assumption is that Trump either did not consult with his D.C. counsel or ignored them in arranging this dinner at the resort.
Cohen not only put Trump in the worst possible position but he has made himself part of the unfolding scandal. If he was hungry last Saturday, most of Trump’s lawyer would have preferred to order him a pizza to his room and put Trump anywhere he was not.
Cohen has continued his signature for throwing out empty threats of defamation lawsuits. In the meantime, he is fast making himself “libel-proof” due to his plummeting reputation and continued missteps.